Tue 26 Sep 2023

Chile hopeful Rossel has eyes on the WRC2 prize

Yohan Rossel starts this week’s Rally Chile Bio Bío with the chance to reclaim the WRC2 championship lead from rival Andreas Mikkelsen.

Citroën C3 Rally2 star Rossel led the series throughout the first half of the season but was overtaken by Mikkelsen, winner of the previous round in Greece.

With the latter not competing at round 11 this week, a victory for Rossel - plus a couple of Wolf Power Stage bonus points - would be enough for him to take back the top spot as the season enters its final stages.

Gus Greensmith is Rossel's closest championship challenger, although the odds are stacked against the Škoda Fabia RS-driving Briton. Tyre dramas in Croatia and a retirement in Finland have dented Greensmith’s title charge and he can afford no further slip-ups.

Despite now being out of contention to win the series, Oliver Solberg will be eager to add a second WRC2 rally victory to his tally. The Swede also drives a Škoda, as do Nikolay Gryazin, Sami Pajari and Kajetan Kajetanowicz - all of whom are fighting additionally for WRC2 Challenger honours.

Emil Lindholm returns to action for the first time since Secto Rally Finland in August. He and co-driver Reeta Hämäläinen form part of a two-strong Hyundai i20 N Rally2 entry alongside Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zaldivar.

As the 10-time national champion, Jorge Martinez starts his home rally as the local favourite in a Fabia RS. Other Chile natives include Emilio Fernández and Pedro Heller, whose brother Alberto has entered a Ford Puma Rally1 in the top category. 

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